The Emily L. Knapp Museum & Library of Local History is the repository of hundreds of photographs dating back to Brockport’s earliest days. Old photographs reveal much about our history, the people who settled in the area, and the buildings that once graced (or continue to grace) our thriving village.
Unfortunately, photographs deteriorate with exposure to simple elements like sunshine or indoor lighting. In order to upgrade the housing of the Knapp Collection, the Emily L. Knapp Museum Board has instituted an Adopt a Picture Program, which will provide archival glass and matting to photographs like the one at the left of the Brockport Post Office in 1905.
Pictures can be adopted by visiting the Knapp Museum during our open hours (Tuesdays from 6-8 pm, Wednesdays from 2-4 and 6-8 pm, with additional hours the first Friday of every month from 6-8 pm, and first Sunday of every month from 1:30-4 pm) to choose the specific photograph you’d like to preserve. Each adopted photo will have a label noting who has preserved the photo or if the photo was preserved in memory of a loved one.
Frame Wright in Spencerport has offered us outstanding prices to add conservation glass (to protect images from 99% of UV rays) and acid-free matting and backing to adopted photographs. Donations of $20 preserve small photos, $45 preserve medium photos, $75 preserve large photos, and $125 preserve extra large photos.
If you’d like to adopt a photo, but are unable to visit the Knapp Museum, we are happy to accept donations of any amount, by check. Please specify “Adopt a Picture Program” in the memo line. We will choose a photo to have restored in your name.
By taking the necessary steps now, our valuable collection will be here for your children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren to enjoy.